The franchise players of Los Angeles, Brooklyn and Philadelphia shone last night.
Gastronomic evening Tuesday in the NBA, with three chefs in the kitchen: LeBron James, for an appetizer with the Lakers in Houston, Joel Embiid for a main course for Philadelphia against Miami, Kevin Durant for an irresistible dessert for Brooklyn against Denver.
LeBron in tournedos mode
Easy evening, quiet evening for the Lakers who, like 48 hours earlier, walked on the floor of Houston (117-100) to win their 9th success in 12 games and establish their domination in the West. The image of the match, which immediately made the rounds on social networks, is this basket behind the arc registered in the 2nd quarter by James who did not bother to see him enter, preferring to turn around, sure of his fact, towards his bench where his teammates, all excited, could not resist breaking the new distance of 1.80 m imposed by the league. It’s also a nice way of sleeping that is customary for the Warriors shooter Stephen Curry.
The “King” was still the guide of his team with his 26 points (8 assists, 5 rebounds), well helped by Imperial Anthony Davis in defense (19 pts, 10 rebounds, 5 blocks). Side Rockets, penultimate of this same conference, it still does not take off: James Harden still lacked address (5/16, 16 pts, 7 rebounds, 6 assists) and with John Wall (10 pts) it comes down to to take turns rather than together. What to reinforce the desires of departure of the “Beard” (the bearded one): “I love this city, I really did all that I could. This situation is crazy, I do not think it can get better ”.
Durant in lightning mode
Still deprived of Kyrie Irving, absent for four matches for personal reasons and who is the subject of an investigation by the NBA for violation of the anti-Covid protocol, the Nets battled to overthrow Denver (122-116), erasing 18 points of delay conceded in the 3rd quarter. “KD”, who touched the triple-double (34 pts, 13 assists, 9 rebounds) was decisive in the “mega-money-time” with six points in a row which gave a decisive lead (120-113) with 27 seconds to play. Caris LeVert (20 pts, 6 assists) and the French Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot (11 pts) also brought out of the bench.
Opposite, the Serbian with the gold hands Nikola Jokic was performing as usual (23 pts, 11 assists, 8 rebounds), but neither he nor Jamal Murray (20 pts) could go the distance for the Nuggets where the young Bol Bol, child of the ball, son of the former giant Manute Bol, experienced the joy of a very first start (5 pts). After this 6th defeat in 11 games, Denver slipped to 10th in the West. Brooklyn, again in balance (6-6), climbs to 7th place in the East.
Embiid in assembled room mode
Decimated by absences due to the coronavirus, Sixers and Heat, who each played with eight players, the minimum required by the league, nonetheless fought a formidable battle, at the end of which, since a winner, the first won after extra time (137-134). Joel Embiid, author of 45 points, 16 rebounds, 5 steals, 4 assists, almost alone managed to revive Philly which remained on three defeats. His 14 points in 3 min 30 sec in the 3rd quarter put his team in a good position and when Miami, meanwhile returned, thought they had won the match, it was he who equalized at 4 sec 3 / 10th of the siren.
During the “overtime”, he added 12 points, before the rookie Dakota Mathias did not succeed in the basket at long distance which definitively repelled the Heat, deprived of Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic, but who could count on the amazing Tyler Herro (34 pts, 7 rebounds). Returned to negative (4-5), the Heat slipped to 10th place in the East where the 76ers retained their 2nd place (8-4).